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Using Activated Carbon In Your Aquarium

By March 18, 2014

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Activated carbon has many uses in a saltwater aquarium. But, how often should carbon be used and how often should it be changed? These and many more questions are answered about using activated carbon in your system.

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March 14, 2009 at 11:28 am
(1) activated carbon says:

this is a very useful post about activated carbon

June 30, 2009 at 10:28 am
(2) rotem says:

Very informative,thanks.
I believe that activated carbon should be used only if necessary.

March 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(3) Mack says:

All my emerald crabs are turning whiter.

March 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm
(4) Matthew Curtis says:

A wonderful product is Chemi-Pure which i use in my tanks currently. It has carbon in it as well. I have always used carbon full time, and never seen a problem with it. It seems to give the water a nice polished look. Using carbon is like rasing kids… everyone has an opinion on it. ;)

April 9, 2010 at 5:14 am
(5) Nat says:

Interesting use of activated carbon…thanks for the post!


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